07172018Tue

Khamenei states that Iran will never give up ballistic missiles or regional aggression

Iran Focus

London, 5 Jun - The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that Iran has no intention of ending its aggressive foreign policies across the Middle East, which involve propping up the Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad and funding the terrorist Hamas in Gaza, or curbing its influence over states like Lebanon, when the Iran-backed Hezbollah have control of the government, and Iraq, where Iran has vast political influence.

In his speech, which was broadcast live on television, Khamenei also encouraged the Arab youth to stand up to US pressure.

Iran: Gulf States take measures against illicit financial transactions

Iran Focus

London, 4 Jun - The United States has been cracking down on Iran for several months now. President Donald Trump has vowed to curb the Iran threat and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the US would be imposing the harshest sanctions in history on Iran.

However, it is not just the United States that is trying to tackle the Iran problem. It is also the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that is showing real efforts to put an end to Iran’s meddling in the Middle East and its illicit financing. The GCC, composed of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, is also cracking down on Hezbollah – Iran’s number one proxy group.

Kazerun protest are part of wider uprising

Iran Focus

London, 24 May - On Tuesday, a video surfaced showing hundreds of people chanting that they would “avenge” the deaths of several protesters murdered in Kazerun, South Iran, on May 16, when the suppressive security forces used deadly force against them.

The original protest opposed the redrawing of political districts in Kazerun, but it soon became an overwhelming anti-government demonstration, with protesters chanting: “The government supports Gazans but betrays Kazerun,” and “Our enemy is here, not in the US”.

General Electric, Joins Corporate Exodus From Iran

Iran Focus

London, 3 Jun - On May 8th, US President Trump unilaterally pulled the US out the nuclear deal with Tehran, and announced the return of sanctions for the country. Prior to the deadline set by the US for companies to end operations in Iran, General Electric has made the decision to suspend activities.

A source told AFP, “GE has decided to suspend its activities in Iran ahead of a deadline set by the US authorities for companies to re-impose sanctions on Tehran after the United States withdraws from the Iranian nuclear deal.” The source added that the US industrial group’s decision came in compliance with Washington’s request, which set a deadline of 180 days — until November 4th — for companies to cancel their Iranian contracts.

Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student

Iran Focus

London, 24 May - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Princeton University student imprisoned in Iran is innocent, during a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

New Jersey Representative Chris Smith read a statement about Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student who has now been imprisoned for 653 days, in which he quoted Wang’s wife as saying that he was “innocent” and had only been imprisoned because he was American.

Funeral of iconic Iranian actor sparks fresh anti-government protests

Iran Focus

London, 1 Jun - The funeral of legendary actor Naser Malek Motiee in Tehran, on May 27, attracted thousands of Iranians, who once again called for regime change out of respect for the banned actor and out of hope that Iran will be free at last.

Malek Motiee, who passed away from kidney failure on Friday, May 25, was a beloved veteran of Iran’s golden age of cinema, but when the mullahs stole power in 1979, they banned him and others that were identified with the era of the Shah’s rule and did not conform to Islamic revolutionary values.

European Companies Exiting Iran following U.S. Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal

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London, 22 May - Washington appears to have begun its war on Iranian Mullahs. Economic sanctions not only restrain Iran’s government, they threaten it. On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement put an end to bargains.

While European governments promised they would continue to deal with Iran on the economic front as part of their commitment to the JCPOA agreement, almost all big companies which made deals with Iran are withdrawing their business, despite losses they may suffer.

Tehran-Isfahan Highway Paralyzed by Striking Iranian Truckers

Iran Focus

London, 1 Jun - The truck drivers’ strike has paralyzed the country, leaving many Iranian cities reeling, and adding to Iran’s ongoing economic woes.

Social media is circulating a video that shows the main highway empty of trucks between the two most important economic centers in the Islamic republic – Tehran, the capital, and Isfahan, the second largest city.

Now grown to include 242 cities in 31 Iranian provinces, the striking truck drivers are joined by van drivers and cab drivers in Kermanshah and Buchan.

Pompeo supports Iran uprising and outlines next steps for tackling Iran

Iran Focus

London, 22 May - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently spoke at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC about Iran and how the Donald Trump administration plans to tackle their threat after withdrawing from the nuclear deal earlier this month.

Pompeo began by explaining why Trump had taken the decision to nix the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, from its failure to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb to its enrichment of Iran and its malign military.

Why Did Richard Engel of MSNBC Make False Allegations about the Iranian Resistance?

Iran Focus

London, 29 May - MSNBC aired their “On Assignment” Program, which was narrated by Richard Engel, on May 25, 2018. Engel made a series of allegations against the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) that have been repeatedly disproven.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), that acts as Iran’s Parliament in Exile, has called out the MSNBC piece by Richard Engel on May 25, 2018, as lacking the minimum standards of journalism as well as objectivity.

The piece appears to be based on assertions of Masoud Khodabandeh, who is reportedly an agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) for some 20 years.

Iran’s road accident problem is the result of mismanagement and corruption

Iran Focus

London, 22 May - Iran is the second worst country in the world for traffic related accidents, with road accidents killing 28,000 each year and injuring or disabling over 300,000.

This incredibly high rate means that a huge 8% of the country’s GDP is spent on traffic accidents alone, so why are fatal and other serious road accidents such a problem under the Mullahs?
Let’s find out.

Nasser Malek Motiee

Iran Focus

London, 28 May - In Tehran on May 27th, a large group of demonstrators remembered pre-revolution superstar Nasser Malek Motiee, who passed away on Friday evening of kidney failure at the age of 88.

Motiee was barred from appearing in movies or on television for some 40 years. Thousands of Iranians took to the streets on Sunday to pay homage to him. Young people who were born long after Malek Motiee vanished from their screens came out in large numbers to attend his funeral.

Insurance companies weighing up risks of business in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 21 May - Insurance companies from around the world are now taking time to assess how the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the subsequent threat of imposing sanctions on companies that do business with Iran will affect them.

While global insurers wait for guidance from the United States and European Union, many are now making contingency plans for all possible outcomes.

Illinois insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said on Friday that they will be monitoring developments closely, while the Zurich-based Swiss Re said that it would be “assessing the impact” of the US decision on its business activities.

Iran’s cat and mouse routine is all bluff

Iran Focus

London, 28 May - In a recent statement following the US’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Supreme Leader of Iran compared the US to the cat in the children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry and claimed that just like Tom, the US would lose again when challenging Iran.

This claim, while no doubt able to make the rounds on social media, actually shows the world how scared the Mullahs are of US sanctions.

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser

Iran Focus

London, 20 May - Some of Europe's biggest firms rushed to do business with Iran after the nuclear deal took effect. Now, after President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, European businesses are worried that their ties with the US could be damaged if they continue doing Iranian deals.

The present White House believed that the Iran deal was only a temporary deferral of nuclear activity in exchange for billions in funding for Iranian proxy warfare — appeasement only made the aggressor more aggressive.

To effectively roll back Iranian armament and expansionism, it appears that White House policy toward Iran has become more harsh, and only works if Europe shoulders its share of the economic burden.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Iran Focus

London, 28 May - In his speech about the United States’ new Iran strategy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration will ensure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. He said that the administration will apply “unprecedented financial pressure” on the government of Iran and said that actions taken will be the “strongest in history”.

Furthermore, Pompeo listed the demands that the Trump administration has of the Iranian government.

Fearing sanctions, European Tanker Owners Avoiding Shipping Iran Oil

Iran Focus

London, 18 May - On Wednesday, industry sources said that European refiners are already experiencing difficulties in shipping Iranian crude, as shipowners have begun to avoid this route for fear of falling foul of US sanctions.

Just a week after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, European tanker owners fear secondary sanctions from the US. According to a US Treasury Department fact sheet, international buyers of Iranian oil must wind down contrast by November 4th, when the US will reimpose sanctions on the oil, energy, shipping, and insurance sectors.

Iranian truck drivers continue to protest against their worsening situation

Iran Focus

London, 24 May - Truck drivers in Iran have been holding a nationwide strike in protest against the Iranian regime's corruption and mistreatment of the people. The strike started on Tuesday 22nd May and continued into Wednesday 23rd.

The Iranian regime has been plundering the wealth of the nation and it is now taking the people's money directly.

The striking truck drivers are angry that the price of spare parts including tyres are continually rising. Furthermore, the country's truck drivers are on extremely low wages, making life very difficult.

Iran Focus

London, 17 May - The United Nations is said to be investigating a shipment of electronic components from Turkey to Iran in 2017, which violated international sanctions.

In July 2017, inspectors in the United Arab Emirates checked a shipment that was headed to Iran and found the electronic parts, which are banned from being exported to Iran under the UN Security Council Resolution that enshrines the 2015 nuclear deal.

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IRAN, AHVAZ, Mar 27&28 People Clash With Security Agents Who Wanted to Destroy Their Houses

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